Ravenna-Bryant Community Association

Serving the Ravenna and Bryant neighborhoods in Seattle, WA

Ravenna-Bryant Community Association - Serving the Ravenna and Bryant neighborhoods in Seattle, WA

Burglaries, traffic safety among problems addressed by SPD’s policing plan for Ravenna-Bryant

Earlier this week, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) released Micro Community Policing Plans with the goal of addressing crimes of specific concern to each community. The plans are informed by SeaStat, a system launched in August 2014 to analyze real-time data and increase communication and cooperation throughout SPD.

The Micro Community Policing Plan for Ravenna-Bryant includes other neighborhoods including Roosevelt. Among identified community crime-related priorities are burglaries, drug use at Cowen Park, and traffic safety.

Burglaries: Among proposed solutions for reducing burglaries, the plan calls for the North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator to conduct more outreach and provide people with burglary prevention information.  Burglary prevention information is also available online.

Drug use at Cowen Park: Among proposals to reduce drug use at Cowen Park, the plan calls for more bike patrols and outreach to Roosevelt High School about students using drugs in the park during lunch break.

Traffic safety: The plan calls for additional outreach by the North Precinct Community Police Team and Crime Prevention Coordinator to educate people about pedestrian and bike safety. It also calls for working more closely with the community to identify places of particular concern and then requesting assistance from the Traffic Section of SPD to work in the areas.

The Ravenna-Bryant Community Association would like to hear from you: Does this plan reflect your neighborhood crime-related concerns? Leave a message in the comment section below. Or, better yet, have your concerns heard directly by SPD and attend RBCA’s May 5 annual meeting. It will start at 7:00 p.m. at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center.

Ravenna-Bryant teenagers report alcohol & marijuana easy to get at rates higher than state average

I’ve been blogging about some positive results from the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey that indicate that Ravenna-Bryant children live in a community that supports healthy youth development. By and large, the children in our community live safe and healthy lives. In previous posts I wrote about children walking and biking to school at rates higher than the state average and having adults in the community that they can talk to.

However, when it comes to drugs, specifically alcohol and marijuana, community risk factors tell a different story. When asked how easy it would be get alcohol, almost 60% of Roosevelt High School 10th graders say “very easy” or “sort of easy”, compared to just over 50% of 10th graders in WA. When the same question is asked about access to marijuana, 60% of 10th grade RHS students report it is easy/very easy to get while the state average is 53%. RHS 10th grade students aren’t different than the average WA student when it comes to accessing illegal drugs, though – about 16% report it is easy/very easy to get illegal drugs.

Most RHS 10th graders (70%) do not drink alcohol. Among those who do, beer is the alcohol most commonly used followed by liquor (hard alcohol, spirits). Wine is a distant third. When asked how they get alcohol, RHS students who drink primarily report social access (“from friends” or “at a party”). The second most common source of alcohol is at home, either with or without parental permission.

Most RHS 10th graders (75%) do not use marijuana. Among those who do, most report smoking it. Like alcohol, the primary way that they get marijuana is socially (“from friends” or “at a party”). Far fewer students report getting marijuana from home compared to alcohol and 85% report that nobody they live with uses marijuana.

When it comes to factors that contribute to youth drug use, every community is different. Each community is going to have different reasons behind healthy and unhealthy behaviors among their children. As a community, Ravenna-Bryant can continue to support walking and biking to school as a way to support physical fitness among children. We can continue to individually connect with neighborhood kids so that bonds are created. Adults in Ravenna-Bryant can take a closer look at how teenagers access alcohol and marijuana and reduce those access points. (Where does the alcohol and marijuana that teenagers access socially come from?) Alcohol and marijuana use among 10th graders is not the norm in Ravenna-Bryant and our community can contribute to keeping it that way.

Ravenna-Bryant children report having adults to turn to at rates higher than state average

Both Eckstein Middle School and Roosevelt High School students overwhelmingly report that there is an adult in the community or neighborhood that they can talk to about something important, according to the 2014 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS). The HYS is administered to children in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 every other year. Knowing that there is an adult neighbor or community member to turn to indicates that Ravenna-Bryant children feel connected and supported by adults.

Percent of Roosevelt High School students who report having an adult in their neighborhood or community they can talk to about something important.

Roosevelt = dark blue

State average = light blue

HYS connectedLow community attachment increases the risk of violence and delinquency among youth. When children bond with their families, schools, and communities they are receptive to healthy beliefs and clear community standards promoted by adults. These beliefs and standards can support healthy youth development.